I've made a vector graphic of a donut. See here. But I'd like to add an effect of a glaze where the glaze has differing opacity throughout. How can I achieve this?!

  • I've taken my vector art into Photohop and gone over the glaze with white brush with the hardness at 0% and opacity way down and it's getting the effect I'm after!
    – captainill
    Sep 30, 2012 at 23:20

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You could use a Gradient Mesh.

With Illustrator CS5 or newer you can apply transparency to gradient mesh points. Then you would need a clipping mask to remove the "glaze" from over the hole in the donut.

Gradient Mesh:

I've used a gradient mesh for the basic shape and transparency of the glaze. Then I added a clipping mask to the mesh to remove the "hole" of the donut. I then added some simple arched shapes with a black to white gradient fill applied tot hem, changed the blend mode to "screen" (only works in RGB mode) and placed them around the glaze edge to add a bit more depth.

Sprinkles are just for fun (they are symbols).

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    These donuts are making me thirsty!
    – Ryan
    Oct 1, 2012 at 16:42

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